LG Rollable phone hands-on video shows the future that we could have had

Samsung might be crazy about foldable phones and is trying to make them mainstream, but these aren’t the only futuristic designs that could change the way we use smartphones forever. In some ways, it might actually be the less practical and less economical option, considering all the costs and compromises that had to be made to make it work well. Another option that phone manufacturers have been looking into is a phone that expands its display by rolling out part of the screen. LG was one of those dreamers and was on the verge of finally making it happen when it sadly had to close up its mobile shop. While the LG Rollable will no longer be, new information and videos show how this design could have offered a better way to have a phone and a tablet in one.

Designer: LG

To be fair, there is no clear winner yet among the different designs of these “morphing” smartphones. Foldables are currently leading the race, but it might only be a matter of time before rollables start rolling out. Despite being relatively older, foldable designs still have a lot of growing up to do. For example, one design requires having a second on the outside to make the phone even usable when folded. There is also still plenty of room to improve the hinge in order to reduce creasing. There’s also the fact that the flexible panel used is still more fragile than the regular displays on regular phones.

As this new hands-on video shows, the LG Rollable almost fixes most of those concerns. When rolled up, it is pretty much just a regular phone in a regular size that happens to have a softer display on the back. When rolled out, however, the 6.8-inch phone becomes a 7.4-inch tablet that, while smaller in size, could easily replace “mini” tablets in terms of use.

That’s the same spiel that phones like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold series make, but a rollable design has a few advantages. One of the biggest is that the “main” part of the display doesn’t need to be flexible and fragile and can be as rigid as typical smartphone screens. Only the area that actually bends and rolls has to be flexible. This makes the phone easily usable in its rolled-up form while also minimizing the potential for damage.

As a first-gen device, the LG Rollable does still have a few flaws. The creases aren’t completely gone, and there are actually more than one of them this time. There’s also an audible sound when the motors roll the side of the phone to shrink or expand the display. These imperfections could be solved by iterating over the design and the technology, though that will no longer be possible in LG’s case.

It is definitely a tragedy that LG shut down its mobile business, especially before it had the chance to bring the LG Rollable to the market. There are, of course, other brands that will try to pick up where it left off to prove the feasibility of a rollable design. Perhaps those would have already addressed the flaws of what would have been the market’s first rollable phone and would deliver something that is a bit closer to the ideal form-changing phone.

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Phony Ppl: Nowhere But Up

Out today, Phony Ppl’s new track “Nowhere But Up” further solidifies the Brooklyn-based band’s flair for blending genres—from jazz to hip-hop, pop and beyond. This new song incorporates retro funk and R&B, borrowing from Cherrelle’s 1984 hit “I Didn’t Mean to Turn You On” (later covered by Robert Palmer) for a playful, spirited and optimistic bop.

Photos reveal MAD's "iconic" Lucas Museum under construction in Los Angeles

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art by MAD under construction

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art has released images of its MAD-designed home under construction in Los Angeles and announced an opening date of 2025.

Under construction alongside the LA Memorial Coliseum stadium in Exposition Park, the five-story building will be home to the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art when it completes.

Lucas Museum of Narrative Art under construction
The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is under construction in Los Angeles. Photo by Hunter Kerhart

Designed by Chinese studio MAD with international studio Stantec acting as executive architect, the building’s elongated, organic form can be seen taking shape in the photos released by the institution.

According to the studio, the building’s form was informed by the trees in the surrounding park, with its edges raised above the ground to create shaded areas.

Museum in Exposition Park
It is being built in Exposition Park. Photo by Hunter Kerhart

To give the building its sinuous finish, the steel frame will be clad in 1,500 curved fibreglass-reinforced polymer (FRP) panels that will all have a unique shape.

Installation of the panels has begun on the lower levels of the building’s south facade.

The 300,000-square-foot (28,000 square metre) building is being built to host a museum dedicated to narrative art.

It will contain spaces dedicated to the work of filmmaker and Star Wars creator George Lucas and artwork and memorabilia owned by Lucas and his wife Mellody Hobson.

FRP panels being installed on MAD museum
The building’s FRP panels are being installed. Photo by Roberto Gomez

“We believe that narrative art can connect us and help shape a more just society,” said Lucas Museum of Narrative Art director Sandra Jackson-Dumont. “As a result, every element of this institution contributes to that idea — the site is one physical manifestation of that.”

“The campus with its iconic building and arched belly that creates a canopy, coupled with the 200-plus trees taking root in the park, together create another community gathering place with much-needed shade for our neighbors and others who will use the site,” continued Jackson-Dumont.

Gallery space in Lucas Museum of Narrative Art
The museum will be dedicated to narrative art. Photo by Roberto Gomez

Despite the external form looking largely complete, the museum announced that it was planning to open its doors to the public in 2025, over a decade after Lucas initially announced plans for the institution.

The building was originally proposed for Chicago, with MAD and Studio Gang hired in 2014. However, after the building created controversy due to its site and size, Lucas abandoned the plans in favour of a Califonia location.

MAD drew up plans for museums in San Francisco and Los Angeles, with Lucas settling on a Los Angeles location and the building being approved in 2017. Construction began in 2018, when the museum was scheduled to open in 2021.

The photography is by Sand Hill Media/Eric Furie, unless otherwise stated.

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A Strut-Free, Skewed Shelf Storage System

Visually this might drive me crazy, but I must admit the thinking is outside-of-the-box. This is the Schräg modular shelving system, by Zurich-based product designer Christian Spiess:

“Due to the slight angle of the shelves this rack is perfectly stable without additional struts,” writes Spiess.

It might make good sense in a garage storage situation, where you’re often storing a lot of unlike, bulky and/or weirdly-shaped objects.

Uro Pants

Crafted from a blend of linen and eucalyptus viscose, the Uro Pants from Eÿn Vas are super-comfortable for lounging around yet elevated enough to wear out of the house. Featuring a soft waistband and interior drawstring, they offer plenty of flexibility while remaining stylish, from the slightly cropped fit to the ink-like black hue with a subtle texture that obscures lint.

A wide variety of tiles from Marazzi feature on Dezeen Showroom

Photograph of bathroom with dark blue tiles laid vertically inside shower enclosure

Dezeen Showroom: Italian company Marazzi has presented a wide range of tiles on Dezeen Showroom, including tiles that reference traditional Italian ceramics and building materials.

Lume tiles feature a richly glazed, naturally uneven finish, which celebrates the handmade qualities of vernacular Mediterranean tiles.

Photograph of bathroom with dark blue tiles laid vertically inside shower enclosure
The tiles can be laid vertically or horizontally

The tiles’ unusual elongated shape and straight edges allow them to be installed either vertically or horizontally with nearly no gap between them.

Colour options range from neutral shades to jewel tones and are all deeply saturated with a mottled, hand-crafted appearance.

Photograph showing industrial interior space
Cementum tiles mimic the aesthetic of concrete

Marazzi’s Cementum tiles are informed by the appearance of cast concrete in a tile format.

The tiles also benefit from being soft-touch, anti-slip and anti-reflective and can be used to clad walls and floors.

Photograph showing dining chairs and table with marble patterned wall behind
The veined tiles come in a range of shade and pattern options

The Top Marble Look tiles embody another traditional structural and decorative material, featuring a veined pattern reminiscent of marble.

Their natural stone aesthetic is paired with state-of-the-art hygienic enhancements, making them appropriate for use across a range of applications.

White Deco floral wall tiles in a bathroom by Marazzi
The tiles’ white background allows the motifs to stand out

The details in the patterning of White Deco wall tiles are picked out by subtle 3D protrusions.

Available in three patterns inspired by foliage and botanical motifs, the tiles present an alternative to traditional wallpaper applications.

Photograph showing sink area with geometric print tiles
Momenti tiles aim to provide the same visual impact as wallpaper

Momenti wall tiles also offer patterned, wallpaper-like finishes for all types of interiors, even areas like kitchens and bathrooms where water is present.

Like the White Deco wall tiles, these come in botanical prints with the addition of geometric Art Nouveau and Art Deco-based patterns.

Photograph showing shower enclosure with botanical print tiles
Available patterns include geometric and botanical motifs

Marazzi is an Italian company that designs and manufactures wall coverings and flooring for residential, commercial and hospitality interiors.

Founded in 1935, the company aims to deliver ceramic tiles that celebrate the qualities of Italian design and manufacturing processes.

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Alima trolley by Note for &Tradition

Details of metal trolley with design magazines on top

Dezeen Showroom: Scandinavian design studio Note has created a trolley for &Tradition called Alima, which allows stacked books to be easily displayed thanks to its V-shaped structure.

The Alima trolley is equipped with wheeled feet, which guarantees multi-use and manoeuvrability within a diverse range of interiors, from the living room to a restaurant or bar.

Metal and wooden trolley placed in a restaurant
The wheeled legs allow the Alima trolley to be placed in different types of interiors

Alima includes a natural leather handle, which is a conscious choice by Note as it believes that “using local natural resources and traditional techniques is essential”.

The trolley comes in chrome or black metal with oat or walnut wood and is designed to adapt to any interior.

Details of metal trolley with design magazines on top
The trolley can be adapted to any interior space

“The Alima is the perfect place to collect your inspiration – the books, magazines, objects that give you energy right now,” said Note Design Studio co-founder Kristoffer Fagerström.

According to the studio, the design was motivated “by the creative chaos of working from home” and intends to blur the line between home and office.

Product: Alima
Designer: Note Design Studio
Brand: &Tradition
Contact: press@andtradition.com

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ECAL's Digital Market Sells .stl Files for Student-, Faculty-, Alumni-Designed Objects

It would be neat if every ID school had one of these. Switzerland’s ECAL has an online Digital Market where they sell the .stl files of objects designed by Master Product Design students, alumni and faculty.

The nature of most of the objects is functional but designey. Some examples:

Tape Dispenser

Designed by Oscar Estrada

Coat Hook

Designed by Victor Moynier

Comb

Designed by Chelsea Park

Lego Parts I, Parts II

Designed by Christian Spiess

Magic Tape Dispenser

Designed by Industrial Facility

Round Tray

Designed by Oscar Estrada & Mu-Hao Kao

Shoehorn

Designed by Ignacio Merino

Smartphone Cover

Designed by Thomas Missé

Pen

Designed by Tomas Alonso

One catch is there are no details or descriptions of any of the objects, beyond their name and dimensions. I have no idea how the Magic Tape Dispenser works, nor what type of ink cartridges the Pen takes, for instance. That seems like a weird oversight for an otherwise nifty idea.

Every file costs €9 (USD $9).

This gravity-defying wellness center in the Dolomites features a group of inverted micro-huts

Network of Architecture (NOA) has created a mindblowing extension of its Hotel Hubertus in South Tyrol. Inspired by reflections in water, the extension is a cantilevered wellness center that seems to defy gravity! Called Hub of Huts, or Heaven and Hell (popularly), the astounding structure is supported by massive tree-like columns and is highlighted by its mirrored design.

Designer: Network of Architecture

NOA built the Italian hotel in 2016, and the new extension is placed close to its glass-bottomed pool. It is raised 15 meters above the ground and projects out of the main building of the hotel. The Hub of Huts is quite literally characterized by a collection of tiny ‘huts’, and their inverted counterparts – creating a cluster of extremely intriguing mini structures. These mini huts were built to mimic “the architecture of a mountain village” reflected on water!

“The inspiration came from the element of water,”  said NOA Founder Lukas Rungger. “We thought about the possible activities such as standing, sitting, swimming, floating horizontally, diving upside down. Each of these positions has a different horizon, and from this interplay of perspectives, the idea of the project came to life,” he continued.

It aims to provide a spa experience that is inspired by its nickname ‘Heaven and Hell’. The upper level or the ‘Heaven’ section features two pools,  panoramic showers, and a changing room. You then slowly move towards the lower level or ‘Hell’ via a stairway. The upside-down lower section houses two saunas, a whirlpool, and showers. When you move from up to down, you move from a cooler environment to a warmer environment, truly living out the experience of moving from Heaven and Hell.

“The lower level of the platform causes a feeling of estrangement in the observer. As one descends, the temperature rises and the environment becomes more protected. It feels like a descent into the center of the earth, with the poles reversing,” said supervising architect Gottfried Gruber.

The Hub of Huts can accommodate up to 27 people, and the entire structure has a dusky and brown-hued aesthetic to it. Aluminum panels clad all the small huts. A brise soleil shading system in the same material and shade has been attached to some of the huts. The interiors also reflect a similarly earthy color scheme – wooden flooring and light beige ceramics accentuate this warm vibe further.

The whole project was quite a difficult one for the studio, since creating this gravity-defying design was no small feat. “An imposing steel cantilever structure supports the platform, which even brought the engineers to the limits. The asymmetrical assembly was a huge structural challenge, including a complex allocation of technical compartments hidden inside the houses,” said Rungger.

It truly seems like a work of wonder, doesn’t it?

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A folding iPhone + more concepts we wish Apple had announced during the keynote

Since its foundation in 1976, Apple has been always been at the peak of modern innovation! And let’s take a moment to appreciate all the awesome products and inspiration Apple has provided us with. The groundbreaking tech giant never fails to surprise us, we always find ourselves biting our nails and squirming with curiosity, whenever Apple announces a new product launch! Their ingenious and mesmerizing designs and design philosophy have inspired and influenced designers all over the world, resulting in some pretty unique Apple-inspired designs! From an Apple game console concept to a folding iPhone we wish Apple had announced during the keynote – these mind-blowing designs are the best of the lot and a dream for every Apple lover. We can’t help but just hope that Apple converts these into a reality soon as well!

1. The iPhone Fold

Meet the iPhone iFold, a concept foldable from the mind of Michal Dufka. The iPhone iFold (although Apple would probably call it the iPhone Dynamic Clamshell) follows the format of the MotoRAZR and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, with a clamshell-style folding design that gives you the benefit of a compact iPhone with a generously large screen. This is the first iPhone to have two displays. With a smaller display located just to the side of the camera bump, the iPhone iFold, you can now access important stats and notifications without opening your phone. Sort of like having the convenience of an Apple Watch, this secondary display gives you the gist of what’s up.

2. The Apple Car

Meet the Apple Car, from the mind of an AI. Designed by Dall-E 2 based on a text prompt from designer, educator, and YouTuber John Mauriello, this Apple Car is fascinating for two prime reasons – the car’s design itself, but more importantly, the underlying AI technology that ended up creating the car. The genesis for this idea came from Marques Brownlee’s own efforts with DALL-E 2. In a YouTube video, Brownlee demonstrated how simply typing the words “Apple Car” resulted in a car that looked like the apple fruit.

3. The Apple Watch Series X

Titled the Apple Watch Series X, this quirky concept gives you a smartwatch with a larger folding screen, allowing you to use it as a de-facto iPhone. After all, your watch can make phone calls, right? The Apple Watch Series X is your regular foldable, in the sense that it comes with a primary screen on the front, and opens like a book to reveal a ‘larger’ secondary screen on the inside. Obviously, I use the word ‘larger’ rather loosely, considering how small the Apple Watch’s form factor is, to begin with. Designed to sit on your wrist, this foldable concept turns the square-shaped WatchOS interface into a more traditional landscape one, unlocking the possibility for a lot of regular apps to make their way onto the wristwatch, including better Netflix and YouTube-watching experiences.

4. The Apple iCar

Meet the Apple iCar, a conceptual automobile from the mind of Ukraine-based Echo Studio. This vehicle has a rather luxurious supercar-inspired appeal to it. I see a little bit of the Audi R8 and the lesser-known Lamborghini Asterion in the iCar. The vehicle has an aggressive, speedy silhouette, a rounded back, and some beautifully designed headlights and taillights. There’s obviously an Apple logo on the front, but each wheel sports some drop-dead gorgeous rims with Apple logos on them too.

5. Apple Pencil 2

Apple is naturally aware of the limitations of its own stylus, but it is also aware of how the Pencil’s minimalist design played a big role in its favorable reception. Simply adding buttons would have solved one problem at the expense of a well-loved trait, so that was definitely a no-go. A newly awarded patent (reported by Patently Apple), however, reveals one idea that the Cupertino-based company has played with, one that could hit two birds with one stone. In a nutshell, it extends the second-gen Apple Pencil to include another touch-sensitive area, one near the middle of the stylus, to expand the number of gestures that people can use. For example, rather than just double-tapping the area, one can also slide their finger on the touch-sensitive surface. This gesture can be mapped to some action, such as changing the size of a brush or scrubbing the timeline of a video.

6. Apple AirPods Pro 2022

In line with the leaks and speculations about Apple’s upcoming flagship earbuds, designer Konstantin Milenin has created this concept AirPods Pro 2022 model to give our imagination a tangible form. The stemless design of the audio accessories looks minimal and compact. The charging case also gets a flatter design to accommodate these little earbuds. Unlike the current version, these lay flat on their belly like a clamshell design, and don’t have an upright stance. This will mean, a lot less space needed to stash them in your pocket or keep them in the bag pack.

7. All-screen Apple MacBook Concept

This different species Apple MacBook will, Antonio defines, support TouchID (as a slide button), a trimmed version of FaceID, and a gorgeous AirPen to scribble neatly on the generously big screen. All-display foldable Mac may lack a physical keyboard but the design here makes provision for the choice to pull up a digital keyboard with haptic feedback for the real typing feel. Fanboys may or may not fancy the idea of an all-screen MacBook, but there is little denying the fact that such a device will have dual usage. An iPad role to play when folded and a full-fledged laptop when open.

8. 2022 MacBook Air Concept

If you have been following Apple leaks, you would be aware that the MacBook Air is expected in multiple colors, which is more than the gold, silver, and space grays we are used to. The new MacBook Air could roll out in a multitude of hues that would match the iMac colors. Taking leverage to show off the new MacBook Air renders in multiple colors, the YouTuber has created a design of the device to match that of the 14-inch MacBook Pro with a rounded body. This is done to unify the entire MacBook lineup to look the same, which would be Apple’s idea too, as it has followed a unified design approach for the entire MacBook Air lineup in the past.

9. The Apple 8K Professional Camera

The Apple 8K Professional Camera offers onboard Siri, StyleWriter Compact Ink-less Printing, a Touch and Tilt rear display, and a Magic Wheel with a touch screen button. It’s like the perfect camera, at least, for big Apple fans, but it’s too good to be true. The Apple ProCam seems like a dream, and it is. However, with Apple discontinuing the iPod series, we doubt it will release another separate product line when the iPhone is already very powerful.

10. Apple game console concept

Built for peak gaming performance along with tactically placed joystick, buttons, and shoulder triggers; the Apple handheld console comes with complimentary photography and video shooting capabilities. It’s loaded with a rear camera sensor and a front camera as well. The latter will come in handy for live game streaming on the fly. The front-facing speakers are positioned on the top left and right corners for surround sound effects while identifying the muffled enemy’s footsteps.

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